Petra Moritz is the muckraker, played by the fabulous Lily Rabe, who couched her attacks on Peter and Eli as feminism back in the Blake days. One of Alicia's first attempts at being "normal" with a woman she wanted eventually to destroy just for being horrible -- which ended when she asked Mrs. Florrick if she'd gotten an AIDS test yet, which pissed Eli off so much he still hasn't quite used up the goodwill he engendered that day. In this case, she has published a not-so-Blind Item regarding a conversation Perrotti had with an unknown personage, to wit
"Is Florrick strategist Eli Gold off the hook yet? Not according to a conversation overheard at Parrillan between a certain unnamed source and AUSA Josh Perrotti... 'I know personally Eli Gold was buying votes. He's going down; he's going down hard.'"
Perrotti: "She spelled my name wrong. But yeah, I am going ahead with my evil plan, because I do know in my heart that Eli is guilty of discounting his crisis management work in return for votes for his ex-wife's Congressional campaign. And since you won't let me just manufacture evidence to prove that case, I'm now approaching it as a conspiracy."
Elsbeth: "Which would require a co-conspirator, okay. So is that the person this is talking about?"
Perrotti: "I don't feel like telling you that."
Elsbeth: "It's called discovery, bro."
Perrotti: "Fine, take me to court."
Elsbeth: "You're telling me to take you to court?"
Perrotti: "Yeah, baby. Take me to court. Take me to the bench and show me what for."
Elsbeth: "I have to go now."
Diane is playing Maddie Hayward in a mock debate staged for Peter's benefit by Jordan Karahalios, putting a neat spin on her opening scene where she mocked Maddie: Her words in Diane's mouth are now her words, in Diane's mouth.
Peter: "I went to jail on a false corruption charge. Trust me when I say I take this shit carefully."
Diane: "I don't need two minutes to respond to that, just two words. Eli Gold."
Peter: "I don't work with Eli Gold. He resigned."
Diane: "Sure, but I mean, you talk a lot about intolerance for corruption, for somebody who until very recently relied on that imp for..."
Peter: "I wouldn't characterize him, or me, exactly that..."
Diane: "So you fired him?"
Peter: "No! God no, I love that little shit. He resigned..."
Diane: "So you would still be employing him otherwise. Meaning you are cool with corruption."
Peter: "Oh my God, Maddie Hayward."